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Runway To Real Way: Turkish Delight! Chic Jet-Setting Style for Summer

Whether you’ve actually booked yourself on an exotic escape or plan to go no farther than your back yard, we’ve rounded up some of the best looks for less from the spring runways to create that chic jet-setting style for summer.

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Runway To Real Way: Drop Anchor on the Nautical Trend!

As spring trends start to take shape and pop up on the streets around us, we’re inspired to add our own take on some of the popular trends of the season. One of the freshest finds, as crisp as the warm spring air, is the nautical fashion trend.

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Runway To Real Way: Spring Forward with a Modern Take on Stripes!

Spring has sprung! And despite the gray skies and chilly temps, the calendar tells us that we can now begin to break free of the equally gloomy hues that have been dominating our wardrobes all winter long. Spring runways have been getting us excited for the coming season since way back in September, brimming with the splashy hues and vibrant patterns we can finally set our watches to. Spring forward with a modern take on stripes.

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Runway To Real Way: Pretty In Pleats!

Contrary to what some may say, just because we are in the doldrums of winter, it does not mean we can’t still feel pretty. Though it can seem tough, when we’re burdened down with layer after cumbersome layer, pretty pieces should still be tucked underneath, waiting for a moment to be revealed. And in this ongoing pursuit of pretty, we…

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Runway To Real Way: Crushing On Velvet For More Than Just The Holidays

The holidays are over and we’re about to settle into the long, dark stretch of winter doldrums. And despite the short days and painfully cold nights, now is the best time to dive headfirst into those sumptuous winter fabrics we’ve been saving for just this occasion. And if winter fabrics were a kingdom, then velvet would be queen.

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Runway To Real Way: All That Glitters!

‘Tis the season for silver and gold! The holidays are the best time of year to break out your festive finery and sparkle and shine the whole month through. We handpicked a few of our favorite metallic pieces, ranging from flirty to sophisticated, inspired by the Fall/Winter 2016 runways but budget friendly enough so you can be the shining star of your next festive holiday fete!

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Runway To Real Way: Shack Up with Shearling!

Despite the unseasonal warmth we’ve been experiencing in cities like Chicago and New York this fall, as our beloved Jon Snow likes to say, “Winter is coming.” So to prep our minds, bodies and wardrobes for the impending frost, we’ve started working in warm weather fabrics one accessory and outerwear staple at a time. One of the best go-to fabrics that blends fashion and function is shearling. Designers have a field day with the soft and fuzzy fabrics on fall/winter fabrics and 2016 was no exception. The only down side is that the luxe layer can often be pricey. So we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to work the warmth into your wardrobe without breaking the bank

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Runway To Real Way: It’s Black And White – Fall is Finally Here!

The first nips of fall are in the air! And while the weather may still be confused as to what season it is some days (80 degrees in October!), it’s pretty “black and white” fall fashion has officially arrived. That’s why we saw no better way to usher in the season than by showcasing some of our favorite Fall 2016 runway trends with one of our all time favorite color combos.

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Runway To Real Way: Get Your Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Fix!

There’s no denying it: The summer season is setting and the dawn of fall is here. Those of us in either the Midwest or on the East Coast don’t waste too much time shedding a tear over the end of summer, mostly because we look so forward to the cooler air, warmer drinks and rich, deep colors that start creeping back into our closets. One of the most popular hues associated with fall is of course, orange. Falling leaves, Halloween pumpkins — and of most recent fame — pumpkin spice lattes

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Runway To Real Way: A Rosy Take On Fall 2016

Pastels for Fall? It really is groundbreaking! As Labor Day approaches and fall fashion season hovers on the horizon, many designers ditched the typical jewel tone palette for brighter, lighter options on their fall runways. One of our favorite hues to see in the Fall 2016 collections was dusty rose, a romantic option that lightened the load of heavier fabrics and bulkier cuts. We’ve been on the prowl ever since to find key pieces to incorporate into our own wardrobes this season

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Runway To Real Way: DKNY Takes Us Back-to-School This Fall

August is here which means, like it or not, back-to-school season is around the corner! Luckily, long gone are the days of dreading a new classroom or nervously hoping you’ll like your new teacher. Nowadays, back-to-school time signals the coming of fall and, even better, fall fashion! DKNY paid a special homage to the days of no more teachers, no more books with a back-to-school themed Spring 2016 show that even us grown ups could study up on.

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Runway To Real Way: That’s a Wrap! Tie It Up this Summer with Paperbag Waists

How many times in life can we wear things wrapped up perfectly with a nice little bow? Luckily, the latest fashion trend we’re eyeing does just that! Paperbag waists are a fun, flattering alternative to a regular belt this summer, and were a constant fixture at the Spring/Summer 2016 runway shows. And though the S/S ’16 runways were awash with paperbag waists in rich tones, prints and texture, we kept it simple for our summer style round-up, armed with the mission of finding neutral pieces to last all season long.

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A Perfect Pair: The White Shirt & Midi Skirt

No longer into shorts? I get it. Bermudas are too long and I no longer feel comfortable in shorts. But it’s summer, and I want to look great and stay cool at the same time. So here is an on trend pairing I LOVE: a crisp white cotton shirt (usually a button down) with a patterned midi skirt. It’s so easy and looks amazing at any age. If you get too hot in long sleeves (even rolled up) then try a short-sleeve or sleeveless version. Add your favorite pointy-toe flats, sandals or even sneakers and you are off and running. For the entire day.

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How Could Bill Cunningham Die? I Thought He Was Immortal.

Fashion really is dead in New York. While fashion industry insiders continue to debate the slow death knell of New York Fashion Week – now it is officially over for me. I was and am still in total shock photographer Bill Cunningham passed away this past Saturday. OK, he was 87 but I honestly thought he was immortal and would live forever. In case you don’t know who he was, Mr. Cunningham was the original street style photographer in New York City. This stick figure of a man rode around the streets of NYC on a bike in his trademark French blue jacket and khakis with his 35-millimeter camera draped around his neck where he observed and chronicled street fashion and ever changing trends for nearly 40 years for The New York Times.

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Summer Must-Have Trend: White Skinny Jeans Under $100

In case you have not noticed, white skinny jeans are the jeans to rock this summer. It doesn’t matter if you wear them long or just above the ankle (avoid cropped which just make your legs look short) – so long as they are white. Now since we are talking about white jeans I personally think it’s foolish to spend a lot of money on denim that you’ll be lucky to get through one summer not ruining. So I have done my research and located some pairs of white denim that all come in at under $100!

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